Kids aren’t just experimenting with these products, they are becoming addicted. In 2019, 24.8% of Missouri high school youth reported currently using any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes. Among Missouri high school youth, 6.5% reported currently smoking cigarettes. Nearly 40% of high school students are using e-cigarettes at least 20 days a month and over 730,000 middle and high school students are vaping every single day. Flavored products are driving this epidemic- up to 82.9% of youth e-cigarette users use flavored products.
MOAAP is working with the American Academy of Pediatrics to educate on the resources and treatment options for youth as it relates to tobacco use. E-cigarettes and their terminology are needlessly varied and ever-changing, creating a unique challenge for physicians and parents trying to stay informed. Now more than ever it is important to screen youth for vaping and provide counseling and support for cessation. We hope you will use this resource to educate yourself, your practice, and your community on this important child health issue.